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Could you live below the line?

John Placko is a Toronto gourmet chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy. So it was rather odd to see him on stage at Nella Cucina last month simmering dried split peas with water flavoured with a quarter of a stock cube for lunch and tossing instant ramen noodles with mini meatballs for dinner. But it … Continue reading

A Grand old time

A Grand old time

I’m not sure when dining out became survival of the fittest, but I rather miss the good old days when you could swan into any restaurant at the appropriate time to claim your reservation, sit back in a comfy chair and actually have a conversation over a great meal. I was thinking about this as … Continue reading

Slimming advice

After countless six-course media lunches and dinners, from Paris to Phuket, I’m often asked how I stay so slim. I realized that over the years I’ve developed a few strategies to keep my weight in check. For the benefit of others who eat out often on business, here are Cyn’s Trade Secrets. Sorry Mom Though … Continue reading

Give us The WORKS!

Give us The WORKS!

After months under wraps, The Works has arrived in Toronto. This 82-seat gourmet burger bistro, well-known to anyone who’s eaten in Ottawa in the past decade, officially opens May 4 on The Danforth, just east of Pape. It’s the first of four TO locations planned for the next year following the success of the chain’s … Continue reading

Picasso + Paella

Picasso + Paella

Treat all your senses to the Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer. Nearly 150 sketches, paintings and sculptures from Picasso’s personal collection, on loan from the national Picasso museum in Paris, offer plenty of food for thought. Meet the wives and mistresses of one of the world’s most recognizable artists, and … Continue reading

Some Like It RAW

It was a bad night for vegetarians and food phobics as a dozen top Toronto chefs handed out samples of raw meat and fish tartare chopped by hand to nearly 200 guests at the Fairmont Royal York’s sumptuous Imperial Room. Not only did the Great Toronto Tartare-Off prove delicious, but it raised funds to build … Continue reading

History in the Breaking

On March 24, at noon, Eastern time, staff at more than 250 Loblaws banners across Canada picked up knives and prepared to attack an unsuspecting wheel of cheese. Their goal – to earn a Guinness World Record for the most wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano ever cracked open simultaneously. And they did it! According to Guinness officials, … Continue reading